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Water and climate change

Climate change often expresses itself in water, including droughts, extreme rainfall and flooding, sea level rise and growing water scarcity. How are people dealing with the new extremes?

Shrinking water supplies threaten to put Iraq 'on the edge' Laurie Goering
As Cape Town races to save water, 'Day Zero' draws closer Kim Harrisberg
In parched southern Africa, coronavirus spurs action on water Kim Harrisberg and Lungelo Ndlovu
Drought-hit Argentina faces water woes amid coronavirus pandemic Marcela Valente
As supplies run low, Mexico City seeks durable fix for water woes Christine Murray
With water scarce, Pakistan helps farmers grow more with less Imran Mukhtar
India's tribal farmers tap solar irrigation to cut migration Soumya Sarkar
In a thirsty world, information gaps dog a push to tap groundwater Laurie Goering
No water or work: Indian delta-dwellers pushed to the edge Subrata Nagchoudhury
As glaciers shrink, Peru sisters build reservoirs for city water Sebastian Rodriguez
Water is an under-used weapon in climate change fight, UN says Megan Rowling
Preserve, revive, restore: Indian ponds spring back to life Anuradha Nagaraj
Dry man of Europe, Poland strives to save water Thin Lei Win
Salty water in Bangkok new 'reality' as sea pushes farther inland Rina Chandran
Smart solar pumps use big data to stop Africa being sucked dry Nita Bhalla
Water politics heat up under worsening climate in Afghanistan Stefanie Glinski
Zimbabwe's parched Bulawayo rations to save dwindling water Lungelo Ndhlovu
Climate threats now dominate long-term risks, survey finds Laurie Goering
Kenya's water harvest push has a new payoff: battling coronavirus Kagondu Njagi
Zero-carbon water pumps turn Pakistan's barren mountains green Syed Muhammad Abubakar
New app predicts water-related conflict up to year in advance Emma Batha
Remote island off East Timor turns sunlight, air into water Michael Taylor
'Follow the water': Drought dries up housing for rural Namibians Kim Harrisberg
Families sleep in water lines as drought grips Zimbabwe's Bulawayo Lungelo Ndhlovu
Local water scarcity spilling over into global crisis -researchers Laurie Goering
Water harvesting has added benefit for Kenya: less flooding Caroline Wambui
Foreign ministers flag climate change as major spark for conflicts Laurie Goering
As climate shifts, Ethiopia's capital shores up water supply Dagim Terefe
More people, less water? Scientists see risks on upper Nile Laurie Goering
Climate-smart vegetables keep Kashmir fed in coronavirus crisis Athar Parvaiz
With reservoirs at risk, Sierra Leone confronts water crisis Nellie Peyton
More deals, less conflict? Cross-border water planning key: report Laurie Goering
Future shock: COVID-19 shows need to prep for climate threats Laurie Goering
'We want water' say residents as Abidjan grows drier Peter Yeung
Struggle for water intensifies as taps run dry in India Roli Srivastava
Indigenous people need a say on water rights: UN rapporteur Adela Suliman
Tech tool aims to predict water conflicts before they happen Sonia Elks
Hotels, firms cut back on water use as taps run dry in Chennai Reuters
City accused of seizing water as drought parches 'India's Detroit' Reuters
From Ikea to Gap, firms aim to use scarce water more wisely Adela Suliman
'Land of bachelors'? In parched India, no water means no wife Annie Banerji
As water disappears, parched southern Pakistan farmers march north Zofeen T. Ebrahim
'Peace ambassadors' ease water conflicts in drought-prone Kenya Caroline Wambui
'Water women' quench thirst of central India's parched villages Annie Banerji
More work, less water: India's 'Silicon Valley' faces dry times Annie Banerji
As rains falter, water harvesting eases Nepal's irrigation thirst Aadesh Subedi
'We live in fear': Facing dry times, South Africans rethink water Kim Harrisberg
Chennai needs more water? Try saving it at home, official urges Megan Rowling
Thirsty Singapore taps into innovation to secure its water future Michael Taylor
In Los Angeles 'water colony', tribes fear a parched future Laurie Goering
As sales boom, Chile's 'green gold' is blamed for water shortages Nicky Milne
As students map the weather, an Indian village bests its water woe Roli Srivastava
In Kyrgyzstan, warming brings less water - and more conflict Katie Arnold
Wetlands help protect us from floods and purify our water Zita Sebesvari and Yvonne Walz
Poor people's right to water cut off by unfair exports, supply Megan Rowling
Cities are sucking our countryside dry, scientists say Umberto Bacchi
US faces fresh water shortages due to climate change Sebastien Malo
As rains fall short, Manila trickles into a water crisis Matt Blomberg
Arab states face water emergency, urgent action needed - UN Reuters
England faces 'jaws of death' as taps set to run dry in 25 years Lin Taylor
Water-stressed Pakistan looks for billions in donations for dams Roshan Din Shad
From apples to honey, Tigray swaps famine image for resilience Thin Lei Win
'Water from air' aims to turn back Thailand's tide of plastic Marianne Bray
As groundwater runs short, water battles grow in parched Chennai Anuradha Nagaraj
'Water from air' quenches threatened girls' thirst in Kenya Benson Rioba
Solar-pumped water slakes rural Kenya's thirst for development Kagondu Njagi
In Louisiana, an appetite for oysters shields retreating shores Sebastien Malo
After eastern Zimbabwe floods, water shortages parch Harare Tonderayi Mukeredzi
As groundwater levels plunge, Lahore begins turning off taps Waqar Mustafa
In Pakistan, high mountain water pipe brings a bonus: peace Rina Saeed Khan
Ethiopia's dams threaten thousands of Kenyans Kevin Mwanza
As water bank runs dry, Uganda greens hills to soak up rain Frederick Mugira
Fearing tourist drought, Cape Town charts a new water relationship Laurie Goering
As wells dry, Zambia regulates use of groundwater Danstan Kaunda
Brazil farmers paid to "produce" water in fight against scarcity Karla Mendes
Phoenix mulls ways to quench thirst of sprawling suburbs Marcello Rossi
Thirsty to thriving? Parched Pakistani port aims to be a new Dubai Rina Saeed Khan
Enlist nature's help to quench world's growing thirst - U.N. Megan Rowling
In parched Afghanistan, drought sharpens water dispute with Iran Reuters
With an eye on the sky, Costa Rica's farmers harvest rain Sebastian Rodriguez
As water shortages grow, 'Day Zero' becomes everyday in India Rina Chandran
Water, water everywhere - but for how much longer? Megan Rowling
Kenya takes a look into the unknown: Its underground water Isaiah Esipisu
Water-smart agriculture could cut migration risk Nicole Hoey
Forced to walk miles, India water crisis hits rural women hardest Rina Chandran
In Haiti, deadly hurricane brings new life to drought-hit farmers Hervil Cherubin
Search for new urban water sparks conflict in parched Malawi Charles Pensulo
Water rationing in Brazil's capital to end by December Karla Mendes
Nairobi looks for new water to ease its growing thirst Kagondu Njagi
Solar power could save water in thirsty Middle East, North Africa Sebastien Malo
Swap rice for maize and millet to save water, experts tell India Thin Lei Win
Harnessing the enemy: as crops dry, Malawi tries solar irrigation Charles Mkoka
Learning to live with water: Louisiana confronts climate threats Nicky Milne and Timothy Moss
Water pressures rise in Pakistan with drought, population growth Rina Saeed Khan
With pumps and canals, Sri Lanka’s capital moves to cut flood risk Amantha Perera
Parched Cape Town, flood-prone Miami help confront water risks Megan Rowling
The art of catching fog Valeria Cardi
'The water's not going anywhere' - Louisiana faces climate threats Nicky Milne
Without rain, S.Africa's Cape Town may run out of water by April Reuters
Left with "chocolate water", Madagascar's dry south grows hungrier Sally Hayden
Parched Kenya looks to a new water source: volcanoes Kagondu Njagi
As water vanishes in Sri Lanka, baths - and snakes - present risks Amantha Perera
World's "highest" village runs dry as warming hits the Himalayas Nita Bhalla
Climate, refugees worsen Jordan's water woes Chris Arsenault
Crowdfunding restores ponds in drought-hit south India Rina Chandran
Sand dams protect water for drought-hit pastoralists in Kenya Benson Rioba
Water-saving tech, veg gardens grow hope in Myanmar's Dry Zone Thin Lei Win
As climate threats grow, Iraq battles a new enemy: Water shortages Laurie Goering
Irrigation rehab channels life back into Zimbabwe’s parched fields Andrew Mambondiyani
As rains grow erratic, Pakistan taps irrigation to protect crops Waqar Mustafa
Drying waterways leave a parched Nepal struggling for water K.R. Pant
After Katrina, New Orleans learns to live with water Megan Rowling
As farmers pump more groundwater for crops, food prices risk surge J.D. Capelouto
Phones and radios lead way to water for Niger's herders Kieran Guilbert
Drought-hit Nairobi looks to filthy dam to keep business flowing Kagondu Njagi
Huge dam to boost Kenya's urban water but may threaten Maasai Mara Wesley Langat
As rains fail, maneuvering for water grows in southern Sri Lanka Amantha Perera
Kerala fishermen tackle pollution, theft to protect lake Manipadma Jena
Dakar suburbs strive to turn floodwaters from foe to friend Megan Rowling
Used to whizzing bullets, Kashmir border farmers now face drought Ashutosh Sharma
Solar boreholes throw lifeline to Kenyan herders Anthony Lang'at
In India, ice towers could turn deadly lake into water bank Athar Parvaiz
Indian village beats drought, one raindrop at a time Roli Srivastava
With water short, Zimbabwe's farmers turn to capturing rain Andrew Mambondiyani
In parched Sri Lanka, biggest shortage is of water policy Amantha Perera
Pakistan warns of "water war" with India if treaty violated Reuters
Solar irrigation cuts drought risk, emissions for Kenya's farmers Benson Rioba
Water innovation helps Bangladeshi women dodge snakes, shortages Rafiqul Islam
Water fund to slake Cape Town's thirst by restoring native bush Munyaradzi Makoni
Murders, violence on rise as dry central India battles for water Shuriah Niazi
Pay-as-you-go irrigation aims to cut water use in Bangladesh Rafiqul Islam
Farmers to lose water access as Tanzania's hydropower runs dry Kizito Makoye
Climate change threatens to double malaria risk from African dams Magda Mis
Rapid groundwater depletion threatens Pakistan food security Aamir Saeed
Parched Zimbabwe faces dire water shortages as dry season nears Andrew Mambondiyani
Innovative water storage helps Kenyans thrive in drought Isaiah Esipisu
Traditional irrigation keeps water flowing in drought-hit India Amajyoti Borah
Drought-parched Zambia turns to the sun to keep water flowing Danstan Kaunda
Solar-powered ATMs to deliver clean drinking water in Pakistan Aamir Saeed
As Kenya's forests - and rain - vanish, communities dig in to help Sophie Mbugua
As water becomes scarce, food prices could double - report Lin Taylor
Armed guards protect last water in drought-parched Indian city Shuriah Niazi
Solar-power wells ease conflict over water in Kenya's Rift Valley Anthony Langat
Ganges dam project stumbles on Indian flooding fears Rafiqul Islam
Climate change could cut electricity output by disrupting water Chris Arsenault
In India's dry regions, crowd-funding comes to a lake's rescue Stella Paul
Typhoid hits Harare, as water crisis fuels fears of new epidemics Jeffrey Gogo
Farm technology helps clean up Nairobi's drinking water David Njagi
Flooding could worsen Pakistan's water shortage, experts warn Saleem Shaikh and Sughra Tunio
Drought-hit Venezuela awaits rain at crucial Guri dam Reuters
Zambia seeks to plug water wastage by harvesting rain Whitney Mulobela
Economies could shrink by mid-century due to scarce water Sebastien Malo
Drought threatens water-truck lifeline in parched NE Brazil Nádia Pontes
As climate shifts, tradition threatens Sri Lanka's rice harvest Amantha Perera
Declining snowpack, water shortage projected in areas home to 2 bn Sebastien Malo
To arm against drought, Kenya maps its water resources Maina Waruru
In Cameroon, harvesting floodwater brings better health Elias Ntungwe Ngalame
Ethiopian industrialisation spells crisis for Kenya's Turkana: HRW Reuters
Sand dams quench the thirst of water-short Kenyans Sophie Mbugua
Can India tap fresh water wisdom for "smart" cities? Shuriah Niazi
Rising salinity threatens Bangladesh coastal communities - experts Pantho Rahaman
Lack of groundwater data is keeping Kenya thirsty, experts say Maina Waruru
Kenya's swelling lakes disrupt class, push crocodiles into town Caleb Kemboi
"Water wars are a myth," expert says Magdalena Mis
Sri Lanka to harness wasted rainwater for crops, power Amantha Perera
California drought gives new impetus to wastewater recycling Steve Gorman
As snow fails and glaciers melt, Pakistan faces water threats Saleem Shaikh and Sughra Tunio
Careful water use could ease climate threats to food - scientists Laurie Goering
Hit by drought, seawater, Bangkok tap water may run out in a month Alisa Tang
Pakistan has only 30 days of water reserves - researchers Saleem Shaikh and Sughra Tunio
Drought-hit Indian village looks to 'water wives' to quench thirst Reuters
In Russia, a drying lake threatens an 'era of water wars' Angelina Davydova
Pakistan opens the tap on hydropower projects Saleem Shaikh and Sughra Tunio
How one Malian town is trying to fight against hunger Chris Arsenault
Solar water system douses risks in Cameroon's arid north Elias Ntungwe Ngalame
Kenya launches Africa's first water fund to combat shortages Katy Migiro
Global population growth threatens to outstrip fresh water supply Chris Arsenault
Drought-hit Rio braces for Carnival water shortages Adriana Brasileiro
'Development refugees' resist Indian dam Stella Paul
Inventive water harvesting helps Kenya balance rain extremes Kagondu Njagi
World is not aware of water crisis caused by climate change Nita Bhalla
In desert suburb of Lima, poorest pay most for scarce water Reuters
Rural Kenya harvests water from fog Kagondu Njagi
Zimbabwe triples cost to sell groundwater Marko Phiri
Sao Paulo running out of water as rain-making Amazon vanishes Adriana Brasileiro
Drought-hit Sao Paulo may 'get water from mud' Adriana Brasileiro
Brazil's epic water crisis a global wake-up call Kevin Allison and Antony Currie
Ground water depletion driving global conflicts - NASA scientist Chris Arsenault
South Asia to get new drought monitoring tool Amantha Perera
Community dams aim to build water security in arid Kenya Kagondu Njagi
Man-made warming becomes main cause of glacier retreat - study Reuters
Tibet's glaciers at their warmest in 2,000 years - report Reuters
Rain harvesting saves Kenyan community 100 km water trek Abjata Khalif
China urged to import more food to ease water, energy shortages Reuters
China to roll out seven pilot markets for trading water rights Reuters
Could Modi's election ease South Asian water tensions? Laurie Goering
In flooded western Zambia, communities lead climate fightback Jeffrey Barbee
In disaster-prone south Mozambique, farmers take command of water Jeffrey Barbee
Rural India looks to past and present to meet water needs Stella Paul
'Intelligent' power rationing eases Indian irrigation woes Manipadma Jena
Are the priorities right for Kenya's new water wealth? Ray Obiero
As glaciers retreat in India, rivers shrink and floods grow Ashutosh Sharma
Drought parches Sri Lanka's farms, threatens hydropower Amantha Perera
Food prices soar in Cameroon's cities as water runs short Elias Ntungwe Ngalame
Tanzania turns on spending tap to ease water shortages Kizito Makoye
Water scarcity heightens caste tensions in India Ashutosh Sharma
Zimbabwe's urban farmers lament rainwater loss Marko Phiri
Iraq's environment, water supply in severe decline - report Megan Rowling
Restoring springs combats water scarcity in India's Himalaya Sujit Chakraborty
Reducing paddy rice could aid water-scarce Pakistan Aamir Saeed
Water harvesting helps Kenya's women cope with failing rains James Karuga
Coal energy push strains an already water-stressed China Erin Berger
Technology and open data can help improve water management Magda Mis
Every drop counts in parched Middle East-UN report Magda Mis
E.Africa experts hope better water data will promote sharing Maina Waruru
Volta River Basin needs new water strategy - study Erin Berger
As dry periods worsen, Cameroon's government rations water Elias Ntungwe Ngalame
Revived water wheels power India's rural mountain economy Sujit Chakraborty and Archita Bhatta
Peace brings new pressures on water in northern Sri Lanka Amantha Perera
Stalled water-sharing treaty frustrates Bangladesh Pantho Rahaman
Water storage efforts reverse migration in Pakistan Saleem Shaikh and Sughra Tunio
Can regional organisations prevent future water conflicts? Thin Lei Win
Rural Kenya tunes in community radio for weather alerts Kagondu Njagi
"Water bankruptcy" a threat in many regions -report Thin Lei Win
Wetland technology could ease Pakistan's water woes Saleem Shaikh and Sughra Tunio
Islamabad's taps dry up as water shortages worsen Saleem Shaikh and Sughra Tunio
Faced with drought, Peru's highlanders revive ancient water Erik Struyf Palacios
Water scarcity leads to conflict? Not a foregone conclusion steven-heywood
Islamabad's battle for water Saleem Shaikh/AlertNet
Experts seek ways to avert water crisis in Dhaka Syful Islam
Lake Victoria's ports grapple with sinking water levels Mohamed Issa
Pakistan tackles water crisis with rainwater harvesting Saleem Shaikh and Sughra Tunio
Erratic rainfall driving switch from maize to potatoes in Kenya Geoffrey Kamadi
One in four children face water shortages by 2040: UN J.D. Capelouto
World must see wastewater as a resource -UN Magdalena Mis
Rural Indians without water equivalent to UK population Nita Bhalla
'Invisible' solution to water shortages lies beneath our feet Michael Taylor
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